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Bariatric Surgery Program

Types Of Weight Loss Surgery

We offer Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Surgery and Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, (pronounced rue-en-y) can be performed laparoscopically, limiting scarring and easing recovery. It has long been considered the “gold standard” in gastric bypass surgery. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass involves changing the size and shape of the stomach. The surgeon divides the stomach to create a “pouch” about the size of a cherry tomato at the top of the stomach to receive food. A segment of the small intestine is attached to the pouch, so that food “bypasses” the rest of the stomach and first part of the small intestine.

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Surgery

The adjustable banding device is a silicone band that is placed, laparoscopically, around the top of the stomach. This creates a small “pouch” which limits the amount of food that can be consumed. The device can be removed entirely if necessary. Results of the gastric banding procedure have been encouraging, however weight loss is slightly slower than it is for gastric bypass, and management requires more frequent medical visits to adjust how the band narrows the stomach.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

An even newer option, sleeve gastrectomy, changes the shape of the stomach and decreases its overall volume. This is done by excising a large portion of the stomach and leaving only a long stomach tube. Early results of the sleeve gastrectomy procedure show similar results as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. This procedure is also performed laparoscopically.